The Power of Speaking without Notes

By Joey Asher Category: Practice Former UN Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young once told me a story about how he learned the importance of speaking without notes. As a minister in his early 20s, he always preached from a prepared text.  But as he was getting ready to preach to a church in Beachton [...]

Lessons in Persuasion from a Fishing Guide

By Joey Asher Category: Content, Practice I drove to the Great Smokey Mountains near Townsend, TN recently to fly fish for trout. And I caught more than my fair share – 14 gorgeous rainbows. But who’s counting? Spending time with my guide -- a terrific, pony-tailed fisherman and author named Ian Rutter, of R&R Fly [...]

Public Speaking Tip from a Fortune Cookie

Category: Tips from Celebrities "A smile will gain you ten more years of life." Those are the words from a fortune cookie one of our coaches received after eating at her favorite Chinese restaurant.  We can’t speak to whether a smile will help you live longer. But we certainly do believe that a smile [...]

How Does the 80-20 Rule Apply to Presentations?

By Joey Asher Category: Content, Practice In the late 1800s, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto observed that 20 percent of the peapods in his garden yielded 80 percent of the peas. He also noted that 80 percent of the land in Italy was owned by 20 percent of the population. So was born the “Pareto Principle,” [...]

How to Speak Like an Introvert

By Joey Asher Category: Content, Practice There’s an interesting book out called “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.” In the book, author Susan Cain explains how today’s world overvalues extroverts and undervalues introverts. And certainly extroverts get lots of credit for being natural speakers. But in my experience, introverts [...]

Use the Holidays to Master the Lost Art of Conversation

By Joey Asher Category: Networking, Body Energy, Voice Energy I was at a seated holiday dinner party this week and decided to play one of my favorite games. It's called, "How long can I get my dinner partner to talk by asking one question?" I think I set a personal record.  I asked one question.  [...]

How Would Steven Spielberg Present Your Data-Driven Presentation?

By Joey Asher Category: Content Why do so many data-driven presentations stink? They’re boring. They’re confusing. They’re stuck in the weeds. They fail to provide context. They fail to tell a story. So, if you want to learn how to give a great presentation using data, learn the keys to telling a riveting story. And [...]

Public Speaking Tip from Socrates

Category: Tips from Celebrities "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is a habit." Those are the words of Socrates. And he certainly could have been speaking about what it takes to be a great public speaker. Excellence comes from practice. But you have to know how to practice. And that’s what we teach [...]

How to Present to a Tyrant

By Joey Asher Category: Practice And you think you have a tough boss? Consider the poor Amazon engineer that gave a presentation to CEO Jeff Bezos only to have him say, “Why are you wasting my life?” Bezos is notoriously difficult in meetings, according to “The Everything Store, Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” [...]

Public Speaking Tip from Bruce Lee

Category: Tips from Celebrities "Simplicity is the key to brilliance." Those are the words of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. While he may not have been speaking about public speaking, he certainly could have been. Great speakers focus on doing just a few things well: keeping the message simple, telling stories, and speaking with passion.In our [...]

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